Manuel Gamma was born in 1972 in Zürich. He studied philosophy, journalism, psychology and German literature. After breaking off his studies he worked as a social education worker in various homes for teenagers with behavioural difficulties. From 2002 to 2005 he was a video trainer for Szenario, an institution for unemployed teenagers. He then worked as an editor and producer for the program Glanz & Gloria on Swiss Radio and Television.